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Cuban First Secretary of the Cuban Communist party and President of the State Council Fidel Castro (L) is shown in file photo dated May 1963 holding the hand of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during a four-week offical visit to Moscow. Fidel Castro resigned on February 19, 2008 as president and commander in chief of Cuba in a message published in the online version of the official daily Granma AFP/GEtty